DEMOCRATIC Rep. Maxine Walters is facing calls to be expelled from Congress for "inciting" a riot after telling protesters to "get active" if Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the death of George Floyd.
Leading the charge against Walters is GOP Rep. and Q-Anon conspiracy theorist Marjory Taylor Greene, who released a statement on Sunday blasting her "continual incitement of violence."
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In the statement, Taylor Greene accused the California Democrat of encouraging "Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists to fire gunshots at National Guardsmen in Minnesota."
Neither of the troops was seriously injured, though local officials said the incident was an example of the heightened tensions in the city, ahead of a verdict in Chauvin's murder trial.
"I'll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence," a statement from Taylor Greene's office read.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Walters had said that if Chauvin was found not guilty for murdering Floyd, "We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."
Taylor Greene called Waters "a danger to our society," and accused her of "traveling across state lines to incite riots."
"Her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive-by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning," Taylor Green wrote.
"As a sitting United States Congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty."
Taylor Green then insisted Walters had committed an "abuse of power" and "must be expelled from Congress!"
She later tweeted on Monday: "[email protected] you don’t live in Minnesota. You crossed state lines and incited riots, violence against police, shootings at the MN NG, and threatened a jury as a sitting US Congresswoman.
"@SpeakerPelosi surely you will expel this criminal from Congress and uphold the law!"
The conservative firebrand was not the only Republican to take issue with Walters' remarks.
In a tweet, Rep. Andy Briggs, of Arizona, wrote: "The Radical Left don’t care if your towns are burning, if there’s violence in your streets, or if the police are too defunded to defend their communities. As long as the Left appeases their anti-America base, their job is done."
In an interview with Fox News, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg said Walters' actions were "irresponsible".
"Telling rioters who have burned buildings, looted stores, and assaulted journalists to get 'more confrontational' is incredibly irresponsible. Every House Democrat should condemn Maxine Waters' call for violence," he said.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also expressed his concern over Walters' remarks to the network, calling them an example of how the far left is becoming more radical.
"Why should we expect violence if the criminal justice system works? Why should we tolerate violence? Why should we tolerate national guardsmen being shot at?," he said.
"I think we have to really rethink our whole approach to making sure that we stop people from being violent if necessary ... You cannot have a country which cowers in fear and which has radicals who wander around openly encouraging violence."
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would "bring action" against Rep. Maxine Walters this week if the Democratic leader fails to punish her.
"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past," Rep. McCarthy tweeted. "If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week."
Walters said over the weekend that she planned to stay in Minneapolis until Monday, where closing arguments began earlier this morning.
City officials are waiting with bated breath for a verdict in the trial of Chauvin to come back, which could be returned as early as the end of this week.
Over the weekend, Minneapolis became a military fortress with over 3,000 National Guard troops drafted into the city, and shops and business bordered up.
All schools in the city have also been moved to remote learning from Wednesday in anticipation of any violence.
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Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and third-degree manslaughter.
All three of the charges are separate, meaning he could be found guilty of all, some, or none of them.
During closing remarks on Monday, prosecutor Steve Schleicher said of Chauvin: "He knew better, he just didn't do better."